Entries from August 2007

Two Blur demos surface from ‘Parklife’ era

August 31st, 2007 · 1 Comment

In the mid-90’s, britpop turned grunge on its ear. Well, in England, anyway. The Oasis vs. Blur war was unfairly represented by the press as a battle between the lager-swilling good ole boys of the working class vs. the arsty and effete privileged lads. Well, it is true on some level that Oasis appeals to the lowest common denominator, while Blur requires […]

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Bonnie baby, you’re killin’ me

August 31st, 2007 · 3 Comments

Granted, the first time I ever heard the name Will Oldham was as an actor. My government/economics teacher at Georgetown High School was also one of the many assistant football coaches schlepping it out on the sidelines, and while he was busy drawing up plays that never actually worked for our woefully deficient AAA team, […]

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Echo & the Bunnymen’s self-inflicted wounds

August 31st, 2007 · Comments Off on Echo & the Bunnymen’s self-inflicted wounds

Alan McGee postulates in the Guardian why Echo & the Bunnymen are ever the bridesmaids of rock. I think he nails it pretty well. After the orchestral majesty of Ocean Rain, the band simply dried up creatively. It really took three years to follow-up that masterpiece with an utterly deflated, self-titled throwaway? Even still, “Lips […]

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Re-syncing Kid A

August 31st, 2007 · 1 Comment

Personally, I think all this syncing up Dark Side of the Moon with The Wizard of Oz stuff is utter nonsense, but asses of Dungeons and Dragons clowns with way too much spare time are into that sort of thing, so here’s another one for you: Supposedly, if you play two copies of Radiohead’s Kid A seventeen […]

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REVIEW: Rilo Kiley, Under the Blacklight, Warner Bros.

August 31st, 2007 · Comments Off on REVIEW: Rilo Kiley, Under the Blacklight, Warner Bros.

Rilo Kiley makes no bones about its commercial aspirations on Under the Blacklight, its fourth record and major label debut for Warner Bros. Since 2004’s More Adventurous, lead singer Jenny Lewis has catapulted to quasi-stardom as the indie it girl, showing up on everything from Bright Eyes to Postal Service records. After years of indie […]

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REVIEW: M.I.A., Kala, XL

August 31st, 2007 · 1 Comment

M.I.A. bursts out of the gate on her second album with both guns blazing. She’s not kidding around at all. Everything about Kala is confrontational. From the patronizing political self-righteousness to the relentless flurry of abrasive beats to the jagged rapping, Kala takes everything that was provoking about her exotic debut, Arular, and intensifies it […]

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RETRO: Bowie and Nomi sell it on SNL

August 31st, 2007 · 3 Comments

Over the years, Lorne Michaels’s little-show-that-could (always-be-funnier) has given us plenty of moments musicaux to talk about while the collection plates make their rounds the next morning at church. From The Replacements’ drunken, f-bomb laden rendition of “Bastards of Young,” to Fear’s Halloween free-for-all, to DJ Muggs of Cypress Hill lightin’ up the ganja during […]

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The story behind Ian Curtis’ inevitable suicide

August 30th, 2007 · 2 Comments

The Guardian delves into the reality beneath Anton Corbijn’s Control, speaking with all three surviving members of Joy Division, as they react to the film with both heartbreak and regret. Bassist Peter Hook: “But Anton’s film is more chilling. Towards the end, it felt like someone had ripped out my heart and was stamping on […]

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The Black Lips rock the Middle East, avoiding car swarms, dubbas

August 30th, 2007 · Comments Off on The Black Lips rock the Middle East, avoiding car swarms, dubbas

To show its even-handed political mindset, Atlanta, Georgia’s The Black Lips recently visited both Israel and Palestine to distract the suicide bombers and the itchy trigger fingers with a handful of rock shows because what the Middle East needs more than anything right now is a good on-stage golden shower. The band’s new record for […]

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PJ Harvey “When Under Ether” Mp3

August 30th, 2007 · 2 Comments

I’m little frightened by PJ Harvey. Always have been. But the fear is mixed with a healthy obsession. A good combination to be sure. Her new record, White Chalk, is out next month on Island, and the first single is an extremely stripped-down affair. Harvey pushes her voice almost to a high-pitched whisper, and she […]

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Hendrix’s Monterey Performance to be Released

August 30th, 2007 · Comments Off on Hendrix’s Monterey Performance to be Released

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Simpsons Testify and test fans’ patience

August 29th, 2007 · Comments Off on Simpsons Testify and test fans’ patience

Haven’t endured enough Simpsons exposure this summer? Well, Shout! Factory is betting you haven’t, as it is set to release Testify the best songs from seasons 10 through 18, featuring Jackson Browne! Just kidding. Except, not really. Browne does appear, but he’s joined by the infinitely hipper David Byrne as well as the B-52s, Los […]

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Interpol “Mammoth” video

August 29th, 2007 · Comments Off on Interpol “Mammoth” video

Interpol’s second single off the much under appreciated Our Love to Admire is, perhaps, the band’s most aggressive song to date. Paul Banks almost steps outside of his loveless monotone as the pre-chorus builds, hinting at anger. Take that Editors! Banks keeps his cool, though, hiding behind those carefully coiffed golden locks. The official video […]

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A Deluge of Dylan

August 29th, 2007 · Comments Off on A Deluge of Dylan

Billboard has unveiled the track lists for the upcoming Bob Dylan retrospectives, which are set for an Oct. 2 release in the states. Also in the cue is the documentary, The Other Side of the Mirror, which collects rare and unseen footage from Dylan’s popular and polarizing performances at the Newport Folk Festivals from 1963-65. […]

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R.E.M. to release first official concert CD/DVD set

August 29th, 2007 · 3 Comments

After a career that’s spanned more than 25 years, R.E.M. is releasing its first official live CD/DVD. Billboard reports the cleverly titled R.E.M. Live will see cellophane on October 16 and includes 22 tracks taken from a 2005 performance in Dublin, Ireland. That’s the good news.

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Band of Horses Rides Again

August 29th, 2007 · Comments Off on Band of Horses Rides Again

So it ain’t no Crying Game-like secret that Ben Bridwell and his (mostly) faithful sidekicks have got a new release, Cease to Begin, coming out on Sub Pop October 9th. By now you probably even know the track listing by heart (or at least as well as The Dirty Projectors know Damaged), but here it […]

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Cream of the Crop (Ooh, hush)

August 29th, 2007 · 1 Comment

Shoutmouth has compiled a list of The 50 Hottest Women in Music that mostly fixates on the commercial side of the music coin — although nods are given to Feist, Liz Phair, MIA, Cat Power, The Pipettes and a few other “indie” darlings. Lists like these invariably spark debates, so allow me to cast the […]

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Sigur Rós ‘Heima’ film trailer

August 29th, 2007 · Comments Off on Sigur Rós ‘Heima’ film trailer

Sigur Ros let the cameras roll during a two-week tour of Iceland last summer. It’s not your typical concert DVD, however: “Sigur Rós decided they would push the boat (bus and plane) out for their debut venture into live film, hauling 40-plus people round 15 locations to the furthest flung corners of their homeland to […]

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The Dirty Projectors remake Black Flag’s Damaged…from “memory”

August 28th, 2007 · 1 Comment

Covering someone else’s entire record is a bad idea ten times out of ten. But reworking a classic like Black Flag’s Damaged from “memory and intuition” is downright insane. Yet Brooklyn experimental pop deconstructionists The Dirty Projectors have done just that. The result is called Rise Above, and it’s more like a film loosely based […]

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Late night Feists of fury

August 28th, 2007 · 4 Comments

In the modern era, if Cream was the first super group, Traveling Wilburys at least the best staffed and Damn Yankees and/or the cunts on MTV’s Mission: Man Band tied for the absolute worstest sounding rubbish since the dawn of recorded time (spoiler alert: John B. from Color Me Badd has gained more weight than […]

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